News from the plant

Negotiating Committee Ready To Bargain

USW 7-669 Negotiating Committee recently put the finishing touches on contract proposals to be exchanged later this month with the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire August 1st.  The committee has made a commitment to negotiate fair and honest with Honeywell management and hopes to get the same in return.  We look forward to the opportunity to improve the lives and working conditions for our members and continue to make product for our customers.  We will continue to update you regularly on this site.

Company Investigates Restroom Graffiti

The company began an investigation this week on some graffiti that was on a bathroom stall.  Following suit with normal operation, the company started the investigation in the wrong bathroom.  With the upcoming negotiations the writing is also on the wall, but like in the investigation the company probably doesn't know which one....

Contract Update June 4, 2014

As most of you know, your bargaining committee has been preparing for negotiations for some time now.  In addition to this preparation, the union recently held a “Building Power” training conference.  During this conference we began to set up our CAT(Communication and Action Team).  Our CAT is the best way to organize our local and get the best contract possible.  The key to our CAT is the direct one-on-one contact with our members.  Our CAT is your direct link to important information that will be distributed in the future.  The CAT is also the best way to voice any questions or concerns you may have.

Honeywell Begins Implementing Contigency Program. Brand New College Graduates Promised Long Career with Honeywell, Actually Brought to Metropolis as Contingency Workforce.

Even after an unprecedented and history making lock-out in 2010-2011, Honeywell is still not satisfied.  As if it wasn't enough to affect the lives of our local workforce, Honeywell now has plans to use recent Engineering School graduates as their contingency workforce this Summer.  USW 7-669's current collective bargaining agreement expires August 1st.  

The recent college graduates were offered a job with a program that Honeywell calls "Early Career Engineer Rotational Program" or ECERP for short.  You can read Plant Manager Jim Pritchett briefly describe the program in a letter on Honeywell's website.  This seems like a harmless program that might indicate Honeywell's desire to start acting like a responsible corporate citizen.  There's only one problem.  Internal company documents obtained by the Union indicate that these Engineers were brought here as the contingency workforce (or SCABS) for an impending labor dispute.

Local 7-669 featured in USW@Work magazine

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Shame on you, Phillip Sommer!

The day that our Union returned to work after 13 months on the picket line was a proud one for us.  It took 13 months, but we were able to protect the things that were important to our workforce.  It is because of these experiences that we are so disappointed in Phillip Sommer.  Phillip retired from Honeywell as a member of our Union prior to the lockout in 2010.  He enjoys a good pension and the very retiree healthcare that we stood on a picket line to protect.  He also owns InLaw Speed Shop, a local business.  

Apparently, that's not enough for Phillip.  Now he's back in the plant working as a contractor.  He's actually making $65.00 an hour to train contractors to replace our Union Mechanics in the machine shop.

Shame on you Phillip.  We were your friends and you were a brother to us!

USW Toy Drive A Huge Success

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When the talks began to organize a toy drive for the victims of the November 17th tornado that ripped through Brookport, IL we had no idea of the amount of outreach we would receive.  The toy drive was held on December 3rd at the USW 7-669 union hall, and was helped with promotion by local news stations KFVS 12 of Cape Girardeau, MO and WPSD Local 6 of Paducah, KY on what is being called "Giving Tuesday."

Honeywell recalls remainder of laid off Union members

In an announcement today, new Honeywell Plant Manager Jim Pritchett announced that the remainder of laid off USW members would be recalled within the next few weeks.  In his announcement, Pritchett said that this was being done in order to prepare to meet the 2014 production goals of the facility.  Some of these workers have been laid off since May, 2012.

The Union is pleased with this decision and hopes that this is a first step in a positive direction for the workers and the facility.  

USW To Hold Toy Drive For Brookport Tornado Victims

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In the wake of the devastating tornadoes that ripped through Illinois Sunday, November 17th that claimed 6 lives, 3 Massac County residents from in and around the town of Brookport, United Steelworkers Local 7-669 will be hosting a toy drive to benefit families hit by the storm.
 
“We understand that everyone’s immediate needs seem to be met, so we wanted to do something to help ease a little pressure this holiday season off of those attempting to recover and put their lives back together,” said Franklin Walter, the union’s Community Outreach Chairman.  “Hopefully we can help these families have one less thing to worry about.”
 
New unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the United Steelworkers 7-669 union hall, located at 3831 U.S. Hwy 45, Metropolis, IL on Tuesday, December 3rd between 4 and 8pm. More...

USW ATTENDS REBUILDING TOGETHER DINNER

Left to Right: Franklin Walter, Eric McClellan, Stephen Lech, Steve Glidden, John Paul Smith
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Members of USW 7-669's Executive Board attended the Metropolis Rebuilding Together Dinner at Harrah's Casino November 24, 2013. Rebuilding Together provides critical repairs and renovations for low-income homeowners across the United States.  The dinner is the primary fundraiser for the program in Metropolis.  The Rebuilding Together work day will be held in April where the Local will have a team.

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